This is my first post here, but I've been reading the posts here for close to a year. I've been interested in 7-string guitars for quite a while, I've done my research, played an Ibanez UV and AX7221, nice guitars, but I had no money at the time, lol.
Anyway, just this morning, I went to a local pawn shop, thinking there was no way there would be a 7-string there, and much to my surprise, hanging on the wall (along with a shocking amount of cool guitars) was a Conklin GTG-7. Well, to make a long story even longer, I got it for $200 US dollars. That seems to be a good deal, there's nothing wrong with it, I'm gonna polish it up, change the strings, etc., and it'll basically be brand new. The truss rod cover is missing (neck is straight, the truss rod nut seems to be fine).
The only problem is the pickups are kinda weak. I've been reading about pickups, but I would prefer advice from the apparently very experienced and talented people on here (no, I'm not buttering you up
OK, so, the body is Cherry, neck is 5 piece Purpleheart/Maple, fretboard is Rosewood. I would very much appreciate any suggestions. I play mainly hard rock, I suppose, dabbling in metal, texas-bluesy stuff, some jazzy stuff. EMG's and Lungren's are probably out of the question, a bit too expensive for me. So, Duncan's or DiMarzio's seem the way to go.
On a side note, I highly recommend this guitar for a beginning/intermediate 7-string player. The neck is the most comfortable of the 7-strings I've played.
I still can't believe it was 200 bucks.
Take care, everyone!